Wondershare Recoverit

Photo Recovery

  • Recovers deleted or lost photos effectively, safely and completely.
  • Supports data recovery from 500+ data loss scenarios, including computer crash, partition loss, accidental human error, etc.
  • Supports 1000+ file formats recovery with a high success rate and without any quality loss.
Free Download Free Download Free Download Learn More >
photo recovery

How to Find Pictures on Old Hard Drive? 4 Cases for You

Wondershare Recoverit Authors

Aug 04, 2023 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

Sometimes there arise certain circumstances when you are not able to access pictures from your old hard drive. Then you start applying several online techniques, but at the end of the day, you left yourself panicked. If this is your situation, you finally hit the right spot where you will be guided step by step on how to find pictures on old Hard Drive. It doesn't matter whether you want to find all the pictures on Hard Drive for Windows 7 or Windows 10.

Part 1. Cases of Finding Pictures on Old Hard Drive

There are several reasons why there arises a need for searching pictures when all are present in your Hard Drive or certain cases they are deleted accidentally? We will discuss the top 4 cases that will provide you an idea on the same.

Case 1: Pictures get Deleted on Hard Drive

There are several different reasons like:

If this is the case, there are many solutions to find all pictures on Hard Drive like using Recoverit, Recycle bin, Command prompt, Backup.

Case 2: There are many pictures on Hard Drive

When you store pictures on your hard drive they are obtained from different sources, hence they vary in formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, etc. That means the number of images is generally too large. When in some cases they got corrupted or misplaced in some folders or subfolders, recovering them is not an easy task to perform.

But when it happens, File manager/Finder, command prompt/ terminal are the best solutions.

Case 3: Pictures are Hidden on Hard Drive

There arise some situations when your hard drive is not showing up pictures even though they exist in your Hard Drive. Several factors led to this situation like,

In these situations, the File Explorer and control panel is the best solution.

Case 4: Old Hard Drives are Crashed

This case comes under the rare category in which pictures can't be recovered easily, the different reasons for the crash are:

Now how to find pictures on old Hard drives becomes a concern?

Well, the solution is to use Recoverit, Running Scan Disk CHKDSK and system restore in safe mode.

Part 2. How to Find All Pictures on Old Hard Drive in 4 Cases:

There arise several situations when you lose your pictures from your hard drive or they get deleted. Before we go in further detail it is crucial to mention here that these images are not deleted permanently. Also, if they are misplaced in some folder or some subfolder it is easy to locate. The only thing you need to do is just follow the guideline that we are providing you with images and you will get your task done. These guidelines will help you find all photos on Hard Drive for Windows 7 as well as Windows 10.

Case 1: Recover and Find Photos on Hard Drive

Sometimes your photos are there in the Hard Drive but you can't open them. There also arises some cases when you can't find your photos despite knowing they are in your Hard Drive itself. Some best solutions to overcome this situation are.

Solution 1. Use Recoverit Data Recovery

Recoverit Data Recovery is a hard drive data recovery software that helps you to recover lost data as long as they are not overwritten by other data. This software works both for windows and MAC.

Video tutorial: How to Recover Deleted or Lost Pictures in Windows?

Recent Videos from Recoverit

View More >

For this just open Wondershare Recoverit as shown below,

Now to use Recoverit you just need to follow 3 simple steps given below:

Step 1: Select the Location

To recover images on a computer, it is necessary to choose a location where you have lost them.

Here, please select a hard disk under the "Hard Disk Drives" tab or Desktop under the "Select location" tab.

Click "Start" to begin the scanning on the selected location as shown below

Select the location

Step 2: Scan the location

Recoverit will start an all-around scan. Usually, it will take a few minutes to finish the scanning. Sometimes, a few hours are required if many large-sized files are present. During the scanning process, you can also pinpoint files or stop scanning for your convenience. This process is shown in the image below:

Scan the Location

Step 3: Preview and Recover Files

This is the last step in the recovery of your photos. Recoverit allows its users to preview the recoverable files before proceeding to the final recovery step. You can select targeted files and then click the "Recover" button to retrieve your files back. Here also there are some points you need to consider.

Preview and recover

After getting a preview of the files and confirming they are what you want, you are all set to get them all back using Recoverit.

For this just directly hit on the "Recover" button to retrieve your lost photos back and choose a path to save the recovered files. One thing to consider here is, not to save the files to the hard drive where you have deleted or lost the data.

Solution 2. Use Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin stores your deleted files that can be restored easily to the location from where they were deleted. This is one of the easiest techniques to go with for finding all pictures on Hard Drive on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Restoring files

Solution 3. Use Command Prompt

This is also one of the safe techniques to find all pictures on old Hard Drive:

To open a command prompt for Windows 7, you can open the start menu - All programs - open accessories - click command prompt shortcut. For Windows 10 click on the start button at the lower-left corner for opening the menu then choose the command prompt. You can also press Windows + X.

Recovering files

Once the processing of the given command has been finished, a new folder will be generated on the drive to store all the recovered files, which will be in the .chk format. The formats of those files can be changed and you can save them to the location where you want. The CMD attrib command is mainly used to recover even permanently deleted files from CMD.

Solution 4. Use Backup

One of the best options to recover or to find all the pictures on the Hard Drive is to go with a backup option. For this just follow simple steps:

Restoring a backup

Case 2: Too Many Pictures of Various Formats on Hard Drive

Your Hard Drive may contain many pictures of different formats. When it comes to the storage of pictures. They may be stored at different locations depending upon, where they came from. Windows itself stores images in your "Pictures" folder or the "Downloads" folder. In the case of MAC, these are usually stored in "Pictures".

For Finding Pictures:

Solution 1. Use Finder

Finder is used for quickly locating any file on your Hard Drive. To use it just click My PC in the file explore or Computer in the windows explorer. You can now go to the "downloads" or "pictures" section for your pictures. You can also enter the command kind:=picture in the search box. This will let you search all partitions on your Hard Drive for various image formats.

Finding Pictures on Hard Drive

Solution 2. Command Prompt

This command will recover all the files in the Hard Drive

searching pictures using command prompt

Case 3: Pictures are Hidden on Hard Drive

Finding hidden pictures is not an easy task as you don't know where those pictures are placed, to make this task easy for you two solutions will work for you.

Solution 1. Use File Explorer

finding hidden pictures

Solution 2. Use Control Panel

Click on appearance and personalization

Click on View

Case 4: Old Hard Drives are Crashed

This is the situation where utter care is a demand, to recover your pictures. As once your hard drive is crashed you will not able to operate properly by connecting it to your PC.

We will provide you with simple techniques to do this job for you.

Solution 1. Use Recoverit Software

To make Recoverit Data Recovery, run on a Windows computer, double click on the "Wondershare Recoverit" icon on the Desktop and follow 3 simple steps given below:

Step 1. Select a location as shown below in an image.

select a location

Step 2. Scan the location as shown below

Scan the location

Step 3. Preview & Recover your lost pictures as shown below

preview pictures

Solution 2. System Restore in Safe Mode

Step 1. Start the computer in safe mode

Step 2. Now click Start menu - All programs - Accessories - System tools - System restore

Step 3. Choose your restore point and then click on next.

Step 4. Choose recommended restore option, if not working chose a different restore point

Step 5. Confirm settings and click next. You are done.

Solution 3. Run ScanDisk CHKDSK

Step 1. Press Windows + X and select Command prompt as an admin

select command prompt

Step 2. Now type chkdsk and click enter.

type chkdsk

Step 3. Now suppose your corrupted drive is c you can type chkdsk C:/f/r/x to fix errors and get your photos back.

Part 3. How to Prevent Pictures Not Finding on Hard Drive?

Sometimes you have pictures on your computer that you don't want to be seen by others. In these situations, the best solution is to hide them where it becomes difficult or almost impossible for others to reach

Let us discuss 5 effective strategies.

Strategy 1. Use Hidden Folders

This technique can hide your pictures from others and provide you an option to see, whenever you want. For this just

Strategy 2. Encrypt the Files

This is an easy and most secure method to hide your pictures. Just create an encrypted zip file and you can place it anywhere you want. It can't be opened by anyone until they have the right password with them.

Strategy 3. Use Camouflage

In this process, the disguised folder is created that resembles Recycle Bin, Control panel, even fonts folder. The fact with this folder is one can't be able to see the real content of this folder even after opening. As when you open this folder inside Windows Explorer, that folder will open which corresponds to the real folder in appearance. but if you try to open the same folder through Disguise Folders, it will reveal the actual content in that folder.

Strategy 4. Use the Steganography Technique

This is one of the effective techniques to hide folders containing your pictures. It is embedding images into unsuspecting files like car images. Here when you double click container files, the picture of the car will open but internally it contains your hidden image

Strategy 5. Using File Explorer

This is a simple yet effective technique

Click on properties

Click on the second option


There arise certain conditions when you are unable to find your pictures on your old Hard Drive. Although it is a difficult process in this resolute dossier a step by step explanation is given that helps you to find all pictures on Hard Drive.

Other popular Articles From Wondershare

Recoverit author

Eleanor Reed

staff Editor

Home > Resources > Photo/Video/Audio Solutions > How to Find Pictures on Old Hard Drive? 4 Cases for You